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Bible Commentaries
Leviticus 5

Smith's Bible CommentarySmith's Commentary

Verses 1-19

Chapter 5

Chapter five.

And if a soul sinned, and hear the voice of swearing, and is a witness, whether he has seen or known of it; and he does not utter it, then he shall bear his iniquity ( Leviticus 5:1 ).

If you touch any unclean thing and it goes on with some of the sins that you know to be wrong, and you swear against God, or do things that are to you knowledgeable, you're guilty, you know it.

Then you shall confess that he has sinned in that thing ( Leviticus 5:5 ):

So even though you were to bring a sacrifice yet the necessity of the confession of your guilt.

Now in Proverbs we read, "whoever seeks to cover his sin shall not prosper; but who so will confess his sin shall be forgiven." ( Proverbs 28:13 ) God cannot really deal with sin in your life as long as you're trying to hide it. As long as you're trying to deny it, as long as you're trying to excuse it, as long as you're trying to give the rationale for it, God can't deal with it. If you can just sit down and tell me all the reasons why you sinned and give me all the excuses for why you were doing it, then God can't deal with your excuses. God can only deal with it when you come to the place of confession. And when I confess my sin, it is then that He is faithful and just to forgive me and to cleanse me from all unrighteousness. So always with a trespass there was the necessity of confession. "God I have sinned against you in this thing. I was wrong. God I am sorry." And with a confession, I make the possibility of forgiveness.

And so first of all the necessity was that of confession of the guilt, verse five.

And then he shall bring his trespass offering unto the Lord, a female from the flock, a lamb, or a kid of the goats, for the sin offering; and the priest shall make an atonement [or a covering] for his sin. And if he is not able to bring a lamb, then he shall bring for his trespass, which he has committed two turtle doves, or two young pigeons, unto the Lord; one for his sin offering, the other for a burnt offering. And he shall bring them unto the priest, who shall offer that which is for the sin offering first ( Leviticus 5:6-8 ),

And goes ahead how they are to take care of the turtledoves and so forth, if that is what is brought as an offering. And they are to be offered before the Lord for the trespasses.

Verse fifteen is

If a soul commit a trespass, and sin through ignorance, in the holy things of the Lord; then he shall bring for his trespass unto the Lord a ram without blemish out of the flocks, of his estimation according to shekels ( Leviticus 5:15 ),

And so forth, shall make amends.


Bibliographical Information
Smith, Charles Ward. "Commentary on Leviticus 5". "Smith's Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/csc/leviticus-5.html. 2014.
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